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Ben Roethlisberger playing as well as ever; time is right for Tua Tagovailoa
Oct 23, 2020
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks says Ben Roethlisberger is back in a major way. Plus, thoughts on Tua Tagovailoa's promotion, the real reason why Tampa Bay is a contender and much more.
Panthers surprising everyone with potent offense; Ryan Tannehill's a top-five QB
Oct 16, 2020
Everyone expected the Saints and Bucs to battle for the NFC South title, but who saw the Panthers coming? Bucky Brooks examines one of this season's early surprises. Plus, why Ryan Tannehill's a top-five quarterback and much more.
Why George Kittle deserved to reset TE market; top 5 GM-coach duos
Aug 14, 2020
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks explains why George Kittle is worth every bit of his new deal with the 49ers. Plus, ranking the NFL's top five GM-coach duos, identifying a potential bounce-back star and examining the impact of college football postponements on next year's draft.
Cam Jordan's right about Bucs, NFC South race; five breakout DBs
Aug 07, 2020
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks weighs in on Cam Jordan's bold claim about the NFC South race. Plus, a fair assessment of Derek Carr, five breakout DB candidates and an examination of what could be the NFL's most prolific offense.
Pats contenders despite attrition; Jamal Adams perfect for Seahawks
Jul 31, 2020
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks explains why the Patriots are still Super Bowl contenders despite all of the offseason attrition. Plus, an examination of Jamal Adams' fit in Seattle, Alex Smith's starting prospects in Washington and more.
NFL's top 10 second-year players; Washington Football Team rebrand
Jul 24, 2020
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks ranks the top 10 NFL players entering Year 2. Plus, an examination of the Rams' plan to copy the rival 49ers' ground attack, praise for the Washington Football Team rebrand and more.
How COVID-19 limitations will affect NFL rosters; respect Zeke!
Jul 17, 2020
How will NFL rosters be impacted by the reduction or elimination of preseason games? Which teams boast the top five defensive quartets? What should we expect from Carolina's new-look offense? Bucky Brooks answers these questions -- and more -- in the Scout's Notebook.
How Chiefs can maximize Patrick Mahomes era; top five NFL players
Jul 10, 2020
With Patrick Mahomes now under contract through the 2031 season, is Kansas City about to embark on a dynastic run? Bucky Brooks provides a four-part plan for the Chiefs to maximize their returns. Plus, the top five players in the NFL today.
Patriots' offense with Cam Newton; ranking the top five 'starting fives'
Jul 03, 2020
How will the Patriots' offense change with Cam Newton at quarterback? What are the top five "starting fives" (five skill players) in the NFL today? Who is the best quarterback in the NFC South? Bucky Brooks has the answers!
Antonio Brown's potential 'Hawks fit; Should Jets pay Adams?
Jun 26, 2020
In the latest edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks considers how Antonio Brown could fit with the Seattle Seahawks. Plus, he examines the top 5 franchise-tagged players, the Jamal Adams situation and Chase Young's promise.
NFL's hottest offensive scheme; top 5 receivers; Ravens' complacency
Jun 19, 2020
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks explores the NFL's hottest offensive system heading into the 2020 season. Plus, the top five receivers in the NFL, an examination of the Ravens' surprising problem and more.
Rookie QBs must start ASAP; top 5 trench teams; truth about Jameis
Jun 12, 2020
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks explains why highly drafted rookie quarterbacks must start ASAP. Plus, analysis on Dalvin Cook's contract stalemate, the top five teams in the trenches and the truth about Jameis Winston.
Joe Burrow's Year 1 impact; top five edge rushers; Isaiah Simmons' role
May 15, 2020
In this week's notebook, Bucky Brooks explains why Joe Burrow could have the Bengals back in contention sooner than you think. Plus, the top five edge rushers in the NFL today, Tom Brady's fit in Bruce Arians' offense and Isaiah Simmons' rookie role.
NFL's top backup quarterbacks? Plus, Jarrett Stidham's promise
May 08, 2020
In this week's edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks digs into multiple angles on the game's most important position. Who are the top five backup quarterbacks today? What are the best QB duels on the 2020 slate? Is Jarrett Stidham ready to take the reins in New England?
Top 5 transcendent NFL QBs; is Tua Tagovailoa worth the risk?
Apr 10, 2020
Following Tua Tagovailoa's virtual pro day workout, Bucky Brooks weighs the risks and rewards of drafting the southpaw slinger. Plus, Brooks' top five transcendent QBs in the NFL right now, and Emmanuel Sanders' impact in NOLA.
Bucky Brooks' top 5 2020 NFL Draft prospects by position 2.0
Mar 19, 2020
With the NFL Scouting Combine behind us and the 2020 draft approaching on the horizon, Bucky Brooks updates his top five prospects by position. Check out the new faces at quarterback, wide receiver, cornerback and elsewhere.
Redskins should stick with Dwayne Haskins; NFL combine risers
Mar 06, 2020
Bucky Brooks says it would be a huge mistake for the Redskins to part with Dwayne Haskins. Plus, three risers coming out of the NFL Scouting Combine and the RB prospect who could make a Derrick Henry-like impact at the next level.
Taysom Hill question: Can he really be a franchise quarterback?
Feb 14, 2020
Does Taysom Hill have what it takes to be a full-time starting quarterback? Bucky Brooks explores one of the most interesting questions in free agency. Plus, a look at Philip Rivers' potential replacement in L.A. and more.
Championship Sunday team formulas; truth about Pete Carroll
Jan 17, 2020
What are the guts of each Championship Sunday team? Who are the potential X-factors? Will the Panthers' big gamble pay off? And do Seahawks fans have a point about Pete Carroll? Bucky Brooks has the answers in his notebook.
Chiefs attaining scary balance; Chandler Jones MUST win DPOY
Dec 27, 2019
Everyone's afraid of the Patrick Mahomes-led offense, but Bucky Brooks says the Chiefs' rapidly improving defense could push Kansas City over the top in the postseason. Plus, a no-brainer pick for Defensive Player of the Year and more.
Steelers' defense the new Steel Curtain? Plus, Joe Burrow eval
Dec 13, 2019
Has the Steel Curtain returned to Pittsburgh? Bucky Brooks explores a Steelers defense evoking memories of the legendary units from the franchise's past. Plus, evaluating Joe Burrow, the key to the Packers' playoff push and the Rams' resurgence.
Lessons from Josh Allen, Lamar Jackson; Mahomes vs. Patriots
Dec 06, 2019
With Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson flourishing entering their Week 14 matchup, Bucky Brooks reveals lessons NFL teams must learn from the draft evaluations of those two QBs. Plus, Bill Belichick's blueprint for stopping Patrick Mahomes and more.
Bears must think beyond Mitch Trubisky; Jacoby Brissett's time
Oct 25, 2019
In this week's edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks says it's time for the Bears to start thinking beyond Mitchell Trubisky at quarterback. Plus, a simple breakdown of what makes New England's defense so dominant and more.
Is Gardner Minshew the next Tom Brady? Bears' D better in '19?
Oct 04, 2019
How has Gardner Minshew taken the NFL by storm? Bucky Brooks explores the Jaguars' sixth-round revelation. Plus, analysis of the Bears' dominant defense, Kirk Cousins lackluster play and an enticing quarterback prospect.
Grading 2018 QB class in Year 2; Cowboys' title-caliber triplets
Sep 27, 2019
With the Browns' Baker Mayfield taking heat for his struggles in Year 2, Bucky Brooks offers perspective by grading all five first-round QBs from the 2018 draft. Plus, a look at the trio fueling the Cowboys' title hopes and more.
Jalen Ramsey's potential trade fits; scouting quarterback debuts
Sep 20, 2019
Is Jalen Ramsey really on his way out of Jacksonville? Bucky Brooks, who thinks it would be a mistake for the Jaguars to trade the star corner, identifies four potential fits. Plus, scouting reports on three new starting quarterbacks.
Who'll prove doubters wrong in 2019? Is Cardinals' offense soft?
Aug 23, 2019
In this edition of his notebook, Bucky Brooks spotlights five high-profile guys poised to silence the naysayers. Plus, reaction to the claim that Arizona runs a "pretty-boy offense" and an early evaluation of Daniel Jones.